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WHEREAS, Careers in Construction Month is an annual celebration designed to increase public awareness and appreciation of construction craft professionals and the entire construction workforce; and
WHEREAS, during this month, employers, associations, and schools are encouraged to conduct job fairs, panel discussions, and local community events to inform students of the vast employment opportunities in construction; and
WHEREAS, the construction industry is one of our nation’s largest industries, employing more than five million individuals in the United States; and
WHEREAS, by 2022, it is estimated that the construction industry will need 1.4 million new craft professionals; and
WHEREAS, the construction industry needs nearly 218,000 new craft professionals through 2022 in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and
WHEREAS, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), a non-profit organization, was created by industry professionals to standardize training and enhance the image of the construction industry by promoting the hard work and dedication of our nation’s craft professionals; and
WHEREAS, the mission of NCCER’s “Build Your Future” initiative is to narrow the skills gap by guiding America’s youth and displaced workers into opportunities that lead to long-term rewarding careers in construction; and
WHEREAS, the goal of the “Build Your Future” Virginia initiative is to shift the public’s negative perception about careers in the construction industry and provide a path for individuals to become craft professionals; and
WHEREAS, Careers in Construction Month is a wonderful opportunity to recognize dedicated construction professionals and the critical role they play in the development of the Commonwealth of Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2019 as CAREERS IN CONSTRUCTION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.